• Why This Woman Is Teaching Ex-Prisoners About Permaculture

    (Whether you’re starting your first garden or switching to organic, Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening has all the answers and advice you need—get your copy today.) Then Thomas, long dreads framing a smile, told a story of her own. She showed a portrait…

  • Using Weeds to Read the Soil: Some Basic Concepts to Get Started

    Using Weeds to Read the Soil: Some Basic Concepts to Get Started April 14, 2017by Jonathon Engels Weeds are becoming a more and more appreciated component of gardening. We have been reintroduced to eating the weeds, with things like dandelion…

  • Open Source Tools for Permaculturists

    Open Source Tools for Permaculturists January 10, 2017by Gurkan Yeniceri & filed under General In permaculture world we are bound by the 12 principles. Every decision we make need to fit into principles so that we know the validity of…

  • The 3 Best Batteries For An Off-Grid Energy System

    It’s the concern that any individual making use of alternative energy certainly asks at some time … Just what are the most effective batteries for an off-grid power system? As a result of the dropping costs of renewable resource systems,…

  • Implementing Your Dreams on the Permaculture Homestead

    When developing a permaculture homestead, you’ve got a lot of dreams and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Are you wondering where to start? Here’s how to look at all you want to accomplish and create a plan that breaks it down into…

  • Growing Shiitake Mushrooms

    We got involved with Shiitake Mushrooms through our Agricultural Cooperative Extension Agency. (This is a great resource for any farmer. Make it a point at least to visit your local office and see the different programs they have going on…

  • Passive Water Storage Tank Heating System

    Interesting ideas on using a water storage tank heating system. For many people finding alternative sources of energy and ways of using renewable power is the best way to reverse the damaging effects to environment by the use of fossil…

  • Transitioning the Vegetable Garden from Spring to Summer

    — Gardening Tips — This is the time of year when I transition the vegetable garden from its spring crops into summertime. It’s the time of year when we never seem to have enough room in the raised beds nor…

  • What to consider when building an off-grid cottage or cabin

    If you’re thinking of purchasing a second home, whether it be a cottage, cabin, lake house, camp or other, you may be considering going totally off-grid. It’s an exciting idea for homeowners who want to actively reduce their carbon footprint, and get…

  • Building off the grid 3 ways

    What would your home look like if you unplugged for good? Tour these one-of-a-kind versions of living that dream as seen in three DIY Network specials of Building Off the Grid: Mountain Man Cave, Tiny House on a Lake and…

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